Acephalix (US) – “Decreation”

Another favorite of mine from 2017 sees the pages of the blog! As far as “comeback” albums go this is super freaking good; the right amounts of catchy caveman violence and ear-shredding guitar harmonies. I still haven’t had the luck to catch them live, but hopefully that’ll happen some day.

FFO: Necrot, (newer) Mammoth Grinder, Vastum

Comeback Kid (CA) – “Outsider”

Comeback Kid. The only thing I really knew about this band was from a promotional copy of their album “Wake The Dead” that has been on my shelf collecting dust since I don’t know when. That was until my own band got the opportunity to support them on a small handful of Scandinavian dates in 2017. This was a tour before they released the album this post is about, but those new songs that they played were really, really good in my opinion, so I was excited about the release. September then came around and, oh man, the album is goooood – fast parts, catchy parts, mosh-worthy parts! I’m seeing them again on a string of dates later this year and I can’t wait to hear all the goodness from this album played live.

FFO: (this is from Last.FM) Stick To Your Guns, Counterparts, Terror and Stray From The Path

Genocide Pact (US) – “Order Of Torment”

Aaah, death metal. The sweet sounds of destruction.

Relapse Records are really knocking it out of the park currently, with releases from Primitive Man, Mammoth Grinder (I previously posted about their masterpiece “Cosmic Crypt” here), Gatecreeper, and now Genocide Pact.

Genocide Pact is a melting pot of all the good stuff from death metal; the fast, the slow and the brutal. I don’t really know what else there is to say other than you should get this in your ears right now!

FFO: death metal… death metalDEATH METAL.

Mammoth Grinder (US) – “Cosmic Crypt”

Ok ok ok, hold up! 2018’s best album got released back in the end of January? This is not a question as such, more of a statement in the form of a question. The album talked about is Mammoth Grinder’s primitive caveman-like “Cosmic Crypt”.

For me there is no weak spot on this whole 29-minute banger of a record. I’ve followed the band for a number of years and the evolution of this monster, which is centered around bassist/vocalist Chris Ulsh, has really been staggering. Also, adding current and former members of Iron Reagan and Darkest Hour only heightens the qualities. The progression into this fusion of death metal and hardcore punk is right up my alley, my cup of tea, and all other versions of this saying that there is.

FFO: raw punk, old school death metal and ALL THINGS THAT ARE GOOD

Myteri (SWE) – “Ruiner”

Not a lot to say really. New epic scandi crust monster from Sweden’s finest Myteri. The debut album was co-released by yours truly. Actually there’s still excactly one copy left of the first pressing in our stock, so hurry op and go buy it, and check out the new record from Myteri below.  It’s awesome! picking up excactly where the first album left us, hanging on the brink of the inevitable apocalypse, which has now materialised and all there’s left are the bare ruins of a civilization, that had the chance of achieving so much, but ended up digging it’s own grave.

Favorite track so far: Dödens Hav

FFO: Fall of Falafel, Wolfbrigade, Agenda

Myteri on facebook

Dawn Ray’d (UK) – “The Unlawful Assembly”

A superior debut full length from UK anarchist black metallers Dawn Ray’d.  Descending from We Came Out Like Tigers these guys are not new in the game at all, but still this is a quite impressive release imho. Branded as 10 battle hymns for the coming class war Dawn Ray’d set the record straight  – both in terms of their messages and the song writing. I had the  honor of sharing the stage (+ a living room floor) with these down to earth dudes in Brussels last year – a good experience in every way! I kinda always missed the bass in the soundscape – live as well as on their record – but I think by now I have grown used to it. At least I have no objections to this record at all. A pity they don’t stop by Denmark on their current tour. The record has already received a lot of well deserved positive attention. So if you are the collector type aiming for first pressings, I think you might already be running late.

FFO: I really don’t know?: neo old school black metal with violins and the occasional folk song!

Dawn Ray’d on facebook

Discord (US) – “Unquiet Minds”

Straight outta Boston Discord is here with their debut seven song EP. Featuring members of No Fealty, afmagt and a slew of other bands you’ve likely not heard of, the band has brought together two nerdy friends who’s love for science and hardcore are equal. Pairing up with Wide Eyed Noise Records and Pushed Too Far Records, they have released a beautiful, hand crafted tape. Each tape includes a hand written “to” and “from” so that every copy is personalized. Pretty cool if you ask me. All profits both from the tape and online will go to benefit Hope For The Day suicide prevention and 5 Gyres ocean cleanup, so there’s absolutely no reason not to to spend a few coins on this gem. Did I mention that the music is awesome as well?

Discord on facebook

Ledge (US) – “Cold Hard Concrete”

PISSED OFF. That’s what this is. The epitome of angry music. Get ready to break a lot of stuff around you when this is playing. John Hoffman/Snyder/John Caution/Bot Fly The Cockroach (and more aliases) of Weekend Nachos put this together with crushing production from Andy Nelson (also previously in Weekend Nachos).

FFO: Weekend Nachos, Harms Way, Primitive Man

Xylitol (US) – “Is Toxic To Pigs??”

Ok, this one has a funny backstory for how I found out about them: I recommended the Icelandic punk-beast Dauðyflin to a Scottish friend (she has a blog over here) – that band subsequently releases a split with Xylitol. Xylitol gets posted by my friend and, well, here we are – digging up music from across the world while being in different places. Fuck borders, right? ENJOY!

FFO: Dauðyflin, Sudor, Kurrakä